Long Beach Gastroenterology

3833 Worsham Avenue, Suite 300
Long Beach, California 90808
Phone:  (562) 595-5421
Fax:  (562) 426-2882

Pill Cam

Pill CamPillCam SB is the most widely used, patient-friendly tool for visualization of the entire small bowel and is the standard of care for detecting small bowel abnormalities.

The PillCam SB video capsule measures 11mm x 26mm and weighs less than four grams. The video capsule contains an imaging device and light source at both ends of the capsule and transmits images at a rate of two images per second, generating more than 50,000 pictures during the eight-hour procedure.

Pill CamPatients typically begin fasting at midnight the day before the procedure. The following morning the patient will arrive at the doctor’s office to be prepped for the procedure. The nurse will fit the patient with a comfortable belt . After being fitted with the belt, the patient will be given a glass of water to help swallow the vitamin-sized pill. After the patient has successfully swallowed the PillCam video capsule, they will be able to resume daily activities. After eight hours, the patient will return to the physician’s office with the SensorBelt and DataRecorder. The PillCam video capsule passes naturally with a bowel movement, usually within 24 hours.

The physician will then download images from the DataRecorder for review